conception

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noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of conception

  1. 1a (1) :  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both (2) :  embryo, fetusb :  beginning “Joy had the like conception in our eyes … ” — William Shakespeare

  2. 2a :  the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols He directed the project from conception to completion.b :  a general idea :  concept We get the conception of an animal … by comparing different animals … — John Stuart Millc :  a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking the philosopher's conception of realityd :  the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something his conception of the American dream

  3. 3 :  the originating of something in the mind an artist's conception of how the city would look a hundred years from now

conceptional

play \kən-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

conceptive

play \kən-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective

Examples of conception in a Sentence

  1. He directed the project from conception to production.

  2. the conception of a new device

  3. They have a clear conception of how the process works.

  4. a child's conception of responsibility

  5. They have very different conceptions of the proper role of government.

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Origin and Etymology of conception

Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere —see 1concept

Synonym Discussion of conception

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed. innovative ideas my idea of paradise concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be. a society with no concept of private property conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result. our changing conception of what constitutes art thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining. commit your thoughts to paper notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental. you have the oddest notions impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses. the first impression is of soaring height

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conception

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noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Medical Definition of conception

  1. 1a:  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or bothb:  embryo, fetus

  2. 2a:  the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbolsb:  a general idea





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